Austin Footwear Labs Puts A New Spin On Old Tires

High-tech, eco-friendly shoe company launches sandal line made from upcycled scrap tires

Nov 16, 2015, 08:30 ET from Austin Footwear Labs

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Austin Footwear Labs rolls out a new era in sustainable shoes with the launch of its line of high-quality, comfortable and fashionable men's and women's sandals. Austin Footwear Labs is the only shoe line made from more than 50 percent upcycled scrap tires.

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Unlike other sustainable footwear that contains "recyclable" materials or minimal amounts of recycled products, Austin Footwear Labs sandals are made from APX®, a patented material created by Austin Rubber. The APX-making process takes tires at the end of their useful life and upcycles them into useable rubber, instead of their being burned and emitting toxins or being sent to a landfill.

"Every year, 300 million scrap tires are generated in North America alone, and it is our mission to provide an economically competitive and earth-friendly alternative to junking them," said Austin Footwear Labs President Fitz Lee. "We are setting a new standard for footwear where true sustainability matters as much as quality, comfort and style."

Austin Rubber's APX is produced through a proprietary, sustainable process and is as strong and durable as new rubber. As a result, Austin Footwear Labs sandals made with APX are exceptionally high-quality and long-lasting.

The men's and women's lines include sandals in four different colors that pay tribute to Austin's geography and culture. Men's are available in Espresso, Red River, Burnt Orange and Bat Black, and women's are available in Sand, Turquoise, Purple Haze and Onyx. The cost is $70 per pair at

About Austin Footwear Labs: 
Founded in Austin, Texas, in 2015, Austin Footwear Labs makes shoes that keep tires out of landfills. Its mission is to provide consumers with fashionable, high-quality footwear for those looking to live more sustainably. AFL's line of men's and women's sandals delivers on that mission with stylish, durable, comfortable and earth-friendly shoes made with more than 50 percent upcycled tire rubber. More information is available on,, or @AustinFootwear on Twitter and Instagram.

Brooke Feachen 


SOURCE Austin Footwear Labs